AGE-OLD DREAM: Dina Noth, a 99-year-old resident of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, is set to make aliyah to Israel. “As far as we know, she’s the oldest person we’ve sent [to Israel] in the last 10 years,” New York-based aliyah emissary Boaz Herman told New York’s Jewish Week.
ARMENIANS, TURKS AND US: In Boston’s Jewish advocate, the American Jewish Committee’s David Harris looks at the Jewish community’s dilemma when it comes to the tug of war between Turks and Armenians.
LET THEM EAT BEANS: Brooklyn’s Jewish Press interviews an Orthodox rabbi who said that all Israeli Jews can eat kitniyot during Passover. “The custom is Ashkenazic, and the halacha is that when a person leaves a locality where a certain custom exists and moves permanently to another locality where that custom is not the practice, he is no longer obligated to follow that practice,” Rav David Bar-Hayim tells the Jewish Press. The rabbi also tells the paper that the Temple should be rebuilt before the coming of the messiah.
NOTHING SPECIAL: New Jersey Jewish News editor Andrew Silow-Carroll declares a “moratorium on Jewish exceptionalism.”
DON’T FORGET KENOSHA!: “Think there’s a vast non-Jewish wasteland between Chicago and Milwaukee?” asks the Chicago Jewish News. Think again, says Senator Russ Feingold’s sister, Rabbi Dena Feingold.
PRAYER PARTNERS: Jews help their Muslim neighbors get approval for a mosque, The St. Louis Jewish Light reports.
STAFFLESS IN SEATTLE: The Northwest office of the Anti-Defamation League is a mess, with all but one staff member having left amid conflict with the national office, Seattle’s Jewish Transcript reports. “At this point, there’s no capacity to respond to discrimination complaints, and there’s no civil rights effort,” former regional director Robert Jacobs tells the Transcript. “There’s no staff to support it.”
OUR TONGUE, TOO: L.A. Jewish Journal columnist David Suissa profiles a local Orthodox rabbi with an Arabic obsession.
UNITY DAY: Local Jews Get Together with area Arabs and Latinos to mark Unity Day, Houston’s Jewish Herald Voice reports.
BYE BYE NASRALLAH: A billboard featuring the leader of Hezbollah in the Ontario city of Windsor gets pulled after sparking an uproar, The Canadian Jewish News reports.
FABRIC FETISH: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish “groper” who says he has a fetish for women’s coats is facing sentencing on a charge of sexual assault, London’s Jewish Chronicle reports. Accused of groping a woman’s genital area, he insists: “I was trying to touch her coat.”
Also in the JC: A band a of teenage Jews makes a musical splash with its debut single; heavyweight Roman Greenberg out boxes foe after foe; Hebron settlers consider setting up a state of their own; a ‘Hitler tree’ gets the axe; and a storied ship could lose its shul.